Respect 90, Jewel-Osco Partnership Will Bring Smiles to Students

August 16, 2019

By Respect 90 Foundation + Jewel-Osco

The Respect 90 Foundation, the charitable organization of Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and his wife, Jaye, and Jewel-Osco have partnered to ensure students at three Chicago-area elementary schools will have a memorable start to the school year

Students at John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary, Woodlawn Community Elementary and William H Brown Elementary will receive brand new backpacks full of food and coupons for free and discounted items at Jewel-Osco.  Respect 90 will provide the backpacks.

“First day of school for me was nerve racking and fun at the same time,” said Maddon. “It was great to see your classmates again, but we would also find out how much homework Sister Susanne was going to dole out.  We’re excited to enhance that first day experience for these deserving kids and proud to continue our relationship with Jewel-Osco.”

During the month of August when customers purchase four items from any of the initiative’s participating brands, Skippy, Smucker’s, GoGo Squeeze, Campbell’s and Kraft, Jewel-Osco, will donate one of each item to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. A portion of that donation will be placed in the backpacks to the three schools. “The Respect 90 Foundation continues to be a remarkable partner because together we are focused on the well-being of our communities” said Anthony Suggs, Jewel-Osco Vice-President of Marketing and Merchandising.  “Distributing bookbags filled with food and coupons will give the kids a strong start to the new school year which is essential for success.”

Dates of distribution of backpacks:

  • John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary, September 3 at 8 a.m.
  • Woodlawn Community Elementary, August 21 at 10 a.m.
  • William H Brown Elementary, August 28, 4 p.m.

Earlier this year, Respect 90 and Jewel-Osco launched Maddon’s Family Pasta Sauce, Pizza Sauce, Try Not to Suck Seasonings and his Try Not to Suck Beer. A portion of the sales of all items benefit the Respect 90 Foundation.

In 2015, Joe Maddon and his wife, Jaye, formed the Respect 90 Foundation. Respect 90 seeks to provide children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics, and community involvement in all the places they call home: Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, Southern California, Mesa, AZ and Joe’s hometown of Hazleton, PA.